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Preview: Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (of 4)

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (of 4)

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Javi Fernandez (A/CA) Steve Epting
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Apex Lex Luthor’s first run-in with the Infected didn’t go as planned, and the Batman Who Laughs’ influence is continuing to spread. Now Lex must find out who in the world can think like the Batman Who Laughs-and there are only two folks who come to mind. The first is Batman, who probably has his own ideas for Lex; the other is The Joker, who also likely has his own ideas, but who just maybe wants to see this twisted doppelgänger sent back to the Dark Multiverse he came from. It’s a gamble Lex has to take, because the Infected are gearing up for round two!

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (of 4)

Preview: Justice League Dark #20

Justice League Dark #20

(W) James Tynion IV, Ram V. (A) Kyle Hotz (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The Floronic Man’s unintended rise to power has thrown The Parliaments of Life into chaos. Even though the villain lies deep in the cells of the Hall of Justice, life itself is being warped by his reach! With Swamp Thing gone, the Justice League Dark must join forces with some of the most powerful avatars, like Animal Man, to help set things right. But the magical team’s troubles are just beginning, as an old evil from a familiar swamp casts its shadow over them all, waiting for the perfect time to strike!

Justice League Dark #20

Preview: Batman #89

Batman #89

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Guillem March (CA) Tony S. Daniel
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Batman must stop Deathstroke from killing the mayor of Gotham City! But to do so he has to figure out who ordered the hit in the first place. If his four main suspects aren’t ‘fessing up to the crime, then is there someone even more sinister lurking in the shadows waiting to deliver the coup de grâce? Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!

Batman #89

DC Celebrates 80 Years of Green Lantern with a 100-Page Spectacular

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light.

Since the first Green Lantern was introduced in All-American Comics #16 in May 1940 by artist Martin Nodell and writer Bill Finger, the Green Lanterns have been fan-favorite characters with millions of comic book fans. From that first ring-wielding Lantern to the latest, and every strong-willed Super Hero in-between, many have spoken the Green Lantern oath and pledged to defend their home sector from evils of every nature. Now, in 2020, this corps of extraterrestrial space police built up from all alien races and places are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC universe safe!

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, DC will be publishing Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 on May 20, 2020. The special issue features tales of all of the universe’s most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz, and Simon Baz, plus appearances from other cosmic favorites!

In addition to a dynamic cover by Liam Sharp, fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Lanterns throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premier artists:

  • 1940’s variant cover by Nicola Scott
  • 1950’s variant cover by Matt Taylor
  • 1960’s variant cover by Doug Mahnke
  • 1970’s variant cover by Neal Adams
  • 1980’s variant cover by David Finch
  • 1990’s variant cover by Philip Tan
  • 2000’s variant cover by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
  • 2010’s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams 

The legendary lineup of creators contributing their talents to Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular include Geoff Johns, Darryl Banks, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie, Sina Grace, Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Ron Marz, Denny O’Neil, Fernando Pasarin, Ivan Reis, Rafa Sandoval, Mariko Tamaki, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and more—all with the goal to keep the galaxy glowing bright!

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comic retailers and digital retailers on May 20, 2020.

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

Punchline Delivers as Two DC Comics Get Reprints

With DC‘s recent reveal of the new character Punchline, fans have jumped at the chance to add Batman #89 (on sale February 19) to their pull lists to get any clues about this new villain and her connection to the Joker. And with more Punchline to come in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (on sale February 26) the mayhem will only get bloodier as Punchline and the Clown Prince of Crime square off against Batman and the rest of the Bat-Family in a “Joker War” story arc beginning this May.

The debut of Punchline, the Joker’s deadly new henchperson, has led to pre-on sale sellouts of both Batman #89 and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3—and now both issues are rushing back to press for second printings!

Batman #89’s second printing is part four of “Their Dark Designs,” written by James Tynion IV with art by Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, and Danny Miki. This issue features an unnamed cameo appearance by Punchline, and will arrive in stores with a recolored version of its original cover by Tony S. Daniel.

Batman #89

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3’s second printing covers the confrontation between Lex Luthor and The Joker, with help from Punchline and Mercy, as the conflict between the forces of Perpetua and the Batman Who Laughs reaches the boiling point. Written by Tynion IV with art by Steve Epting, this issue will arrive in stores with a recolored version of its original cover by Epting.

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3

The second printings of Batman #89 and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 will both be published on March 4. If the comics aren’t already on your pull lists, contact your local comic book shop and let them know you’re looking for these issues to be added!

Preview: Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

(W) James Tynion IV, Peter J. Tomasi (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Others (CA) Lee Weeks
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Alfred Pennyworth served the Wayne family for decades-even through the tragic loss of Bruce Wayne’s parents. His death at the hands of Bane is the only event that could possibly compare to that fateful night in Crime Alley, and it leaves Bruce at a similar crossroads. If Alfred was the glue that held the Bat-Family together, how will Batman deal with that all falling apart? And if the Caped Crusader is to be truly alone, he might either hang that cape up once and for all…or double down and carry on with this vengeful quest forever. Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 celebrates the life of one of the most important people in the history of Gotham City, while also addressing questions about what’s next.

Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

DC Reveals Its Punchline

DC is ready to introduce a brand-new villain set to play a major role in Batman‘s life. Who is Punchline? Writer James Tynion IV has teased her appearance in a few upcoming issues, but as of yet we don’t know much about the brand-new character! Here’s the breakdown of where you’ll be seeing her ahead of Batman #95’s “Joker War” storyline!

The mysterious new villain pops up on February 19 in a one-panel cameo in Batman #89; art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey:

 Batman #89

One week later, Punchline makes her full-on debut as the Joker’s latest—and deadliest—henchwoman in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3; art by Steve Epting and Javier Fernandez with color by Nick Filardi:

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3

For a closer look, check out character designs by Jorge Jiménez! You’ll find his artwork in Batman #90 on March 4 ahead of the launch of “Joker War” in May!

Batman #90

Finally, a sneak peek at Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s variant cover for Batman #94, on shelves May 6!

Batman #94

A First Look at Batman #89. Batman must stop assassins from killing Lucius Fox!!

Batman #89

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, Danny Miki
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Cover art by Tony S. Daniel
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 27, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Batman must stop assassins from killing Lucius Fox!! If his five main suspects—Deathstroke, Merlyn, Cheshire, Gunsmith, and Mr. Teeth—were all hired for the same purpose, then what sinister figure lurking in the shadows is pulling all the strings? Can the World’s Greatest Detective figure out who ordered the hit?

Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!

Batman #89 by James Tynion IV, Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, Danny Miki and Tomeu Morey hits shelves February 19th! Will this issue be where we see the debut of new character Punchline? And what brings Harley Quinn back to Gotham City??

Batman #89

Preview: Batman #90

Batman #90

Written by James Tynion IV
Art and cover by Jorge Jiménez and Tomeu Morey
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to Gotham, Jorge Jiménez!

Jorge Jiménez (Super Sons, Justice League) joins James Tynion IV and Tomeu Morey with Batman #90, delivering his signature style to DC’s bestselling comic book series!

In the latest chapter of “Their Dark Designs,” the mysterious master criminal known only as the Designer once brought together Gotham City’s greatest criminals to plot the perfect crime, and now his plan has been unleashed upon the city in all its might. Batman will go to any length to uncover the grand design, but Catwoman is the one who holds the greatest secret. If Batman wins against the Designer, he will lose everything!

Check out Jiménez’ interior inks for Batman #90—featuring Harley Quinn, Catwoman, the Designer, the Joker, Riddler, and Penguin—next to Morey’s colors, to see what’s coming up soon for Batman!

Batman #90

Review: Batman #88

Batman #88

The mystery of the Designer continues as Batman #88 continues the Batman adventure being spun by writer James Tynion IV. Catwoman has been dragged into the conspiracy of the perfect crime. What that is? We’ve yet to find out but the web being weaved is vast and intriguing.

Tynion’s take on Batman is one that isn’t uber-powerful and precision perfect. There’s a flaw there that we see a few times in the issue. That flaw is physical, mental, and emotional. There’s a half step mission from the usual finesse that we expect. Batman feels a bit more blunt instrument than usual as he smashes a car through a wall or punches his way through enemies, even if that means he might be hit and cut.

Much like the previous issue, this one is a piece of the overall puzzle though a bit more friendly as far as a starting point. It teases out a lot which will be explained later but relies less on events from previous issues. Yes, it continues them but the issue is plotted in a way that you don’t necessarily need to know the details.

The art by Guillem March with color by Tomeu Morey is pretty solid. There’s a great attention to detail for instance the folds of a costume. The issue also features various tones going from traditional superhero to horror in just a page. The art still delivers a cohesive feel. That’s helped by the colors which have a palette for each segment but overall connect. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering especially helps as the horror tone is enhanced by the lettering giving the issue shifts in tone that otherwise wouldn’t exist.

Batman #88 is a solid piece of the puzzle. It teases out so much that spells drama’s coming but in the end it’ll be judged as to how this arc sticks the landing. As a single issue, it’s entertaining and can be a starting point for new readers which is impressive a few issues in. It has us wanting to see where this all goes which is a solid accomplishment. To get us to want to read more, then a comic has done its job in entertaining.

Story: James Tynion IV Story: Guillem March
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation:

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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